An armed suspect was detained Tuesday morning after reportedly breaking into the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver and holding a security guard hostage at gunpoint.
A motorist involved in a vehicle accident outside the Colorado Supreme Court forced his way inside the building at 1:15 a.m. after robbing a security officer of his keys, according to KDVR. According to the publication, the man wandered across multiple stories and fired gunshots that broke glass.
The suspect then broke inside the facility and came into contact with an unarmed Colorado State Patrol Capitol Security Unit security guard.
According to CSP, the suspect threatened the security guard with a revolver and requested entry to other portions of the facility.
The security officer informed police that the defendant was kicking the door to a maintenance room, according to an arrest document. The security guy volunteered to unlock the door using his master key. He informed cops he was terrified and shivering because the guy was holding a gun to his head.
The suspect is accused of stealing keys from the guard and entering an unknown number of floors.
Fox 31 Denver reported on the incident on Tuesday afternoon.
The FOX 31 report stated that authorities do not believe that the incident was associated with any purported threats against Colorado Supreme Court justices in connection to the recent decision to strike Donald Trump from the state’s election ballot.
“CSP and DPD are treating this incident seriously, but at this time, it is believed that this is not associated with previous threats to the Colorado Supreme Court justices,” Colorado State Patrol (CSP) said Tuesday morning.
The CSP believes that this is an isolated event related to the court’s decision to remove former President Donald Trump off the state ballot, but local police will continue to look into a potential reason.
The court decided that Trump was disqualified under provisions of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in a contentious 4-3 ruling in mid-December.